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Tressi L. Cordaro

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8300
F 703-483-8301
Tressi.Cordaro@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

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April 25, 2017
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Tressi Cordaro Comments on President Donald Trump's Pick for OSHRC Chair

April 25, 2017

Tressi Cordaro comments on President Trump nominating Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Chair Heather L. MacDougall, to serve for a second term in "Trump Taps GOP Occupational Safety Commissioner for Second Term," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

April 5, 2017
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses President Donald Trump Signs Measure to Revoke OSHA Recordkeeping Violations Rule

April 5, 2017

Tressi Cordaro discusses President Donald Trump signing a resolution overturning the Volks rule, which authorized OSHA to extend its enforcement authority of recordkeeping violations from six months to five years in "Volks safety rule overturned," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required... Read More

March 20, 2017
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA’s Record Keeping Requirements Under Injury and Illness Rule

March 20, 2017

Tressi Cordaro discusses the future of electronic record keeping requirements under OSHA’s Injury and Illness Rule in "EHS on Tap: E19 Update on Electronic Recordkeeping, Anti-Retaliation under OSHA’s Injury and Illness Rule," published by HR.BLR.com. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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May 24, 2017

Trump Nominates Sullivan for Last Vacant Seat on Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

May 24, 2017

President Donald Trump has nominated attorney James Sullivan to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) to fill the remaining vacancy on the three-member commission. OSHRC is an independent agency that adjudicates contested citations between employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration... Read More

May 8, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues ‘Close Call Alert’ Related to Surface Power Lines

May 8, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a “close call alert” after a tractor trailer contacted an overhead ground wire after dumping a load of gravel, causing significant damage, but no injuries. The agency said in the alert that because the tractor trailer did not maintain the recommended 10 feet of clearance between the... Read More

April 12, 2017

OSHA Launches Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction Industry

April 12, 2017

Fatalities from falls continue to be a leading cause of death in the construction industry, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is focusing on the dangers with its “Stand-Down” campaign on fall prevention. The annual campaign, scheduled for May 8 to May 12 this year, is to put the focus on reducing fall-... Read More

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OSHA to Extend Electronic Recordkeeping Compliance Date
May 17, 2017

In an email sent today to stakeholders, OSHA announced that it intends to delay the July 1, 2017 compliance date for the electronic submission of the 2016 Form 300A. Read More

OSHA Rescinds Union Walk Around Letter
May 1, 2017

In February 2013, OSHA issued an interpretation letter in response to a request from the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, which clarified that employees at a non-union worksite could elect to have a non-employee who is “affiliated with a union” or w Read More

OSHA Delays Silica Rule for Construction Industry
April 6, 2017

Earlier today, OSHA issued a memorandum to all Regional Administrators informing them that “we have decided to delay enforcement of this standard [1926.1153] until September 23, 2017.” The agency noted that the additional time is necessary for the development of guidance materials and training for compliance officers. Read More